Research and development of technological solutions to make access to space faster and cheaper
PicoSaTs is a start-up company, spin-off of the University of Trieste
There is a remarkable interest in small space programs both in the scientific and in the industrial field: over the last decade more than one hundred CubeSats – cubic satellites with very compact mass and size initially designed for educational purposes – have been launched and this number will double very soon.
However, the increasing number of launched satellites is not yet followed by an improvement in the communication technology they use: acquired data transmitted on ground suffer from poor resolution and low sampling frequencies preventing good and continuous coverage of the Earth surface.
The CubeSats are no longer just educational satellites but a new generation of satellite platform, which opened its own market niche.
PicoSaTs envisages a new generation of telecommunication systems for space applications dedicated to CubeSat pico-satellites. The key technologies at the core of this system are a software defined radio and a highly directive and configurable antenna, operating in the Ka band, and providing very high data rates.
PicoSaTs is a start-up company, spin-off of the University of Trieste (partner at 10%), based and incubated in Area Science Park, the main Italian research campus.
PicoSaTs was granted by “Bando Premiale SPINAREA 2014”; selected as participant to “Coinvest Italy” – Call 2014, in this context granted as one of “Best Idea Winners” during “Pacinno Demo Day” and selected as finalist to participate the “Corfu Innovation Summit”; selected as finalist of “StartCup F.V.G. 2015” (under evaluation).